First Day Hike

Baby its cold outside! But that didn’t stop the 360 visitors to Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville this New Year’s Day. 2015 marks the fourth year the New York State Park system has sponsored walks at over 20 parks and this year saw the addition of free fleece hats and commemorative stickers for participants who pre-registered with their park.

At Clark’s the Council of Park Friends group spearheaded the planning for the day. CPF member Amos Vryhof designed and managed the pre-registration form via the group’s website and the event planning site Meetups.  Board members Martha Loew and Tina Redmond facilitated the distribution of the sign-up gifts and manned the nature center which was open to hikers to warm up with refreshments. Other CPF members assisted by leading groups on informal hikes across the park. Families with bundled children, hikers with equally bundled dogs, and others looking to enjoy the rare winter sunshine crisscrossed the park’s 365 acres starting at noon.

The first day hikes fulfilled a lot of people’s New Year’s resolutions of getting more exercise, spending more time in nature and enjoying more (unplugged) time with family and friends. CPF members want the public to know that they can fulfill other New Year’s resolutions this year by visiting the new website and filling out the online form. CPF members and friends can enjoy many opportunities to get involved in the community, help promote local environmentalism, and learn about all the upcoming activities Clark Reservation offers year-round. The site can be found at

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